I came up with the idea of writing a post about Scone as I feel so lazy cooking today 😛 Scones don’t seem to be very popular here in Finland where I’m studying, and neither they are in my home country in Vietnam – I don’t even know how to translate this word to Vietnamese when I tell my friend about this kind of baked good 😀 Scone originates in Scotland and it is basically similar to Bread, to be more accurately, Soda Bread, as it rises because of the baking soda, not from yeast. This belongs to the family of “Quick Bread” – those you never have to knead for real 😀 (that’s totally awesome – I’m always afraid of kneading :P)
Anyway, I think scone is sth good to know n also worth trying. It’s so so so simple to make and the basic version (that I’m gonna show here) requires only few ingredients. Really fast, just after 30 mins from preparation till u have ur warm n filling breakfast!!! Above all, what I love most about this scone is that the recipe calls for NO butter at all B-)
Flour – 3 cups (about 420gr)
White sugar – 1tbsp (15gr)
Baking soda – 1tsp (5gr)
Salt – 1tsp
Buttermilk – 1 n a half cup (360ml)
– Preheat oven to 220C
– Throw all the dry ingredients (basically all those above except for buttermilk of course :D) into a large bowl and whisk them together, make sure they’re combined evenly.
– Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in most of the buttermilk. Use a spoon or spatula to mix them all together until the dough is combined, soft n moist.
– Transfer the dough to a slightly floured surface and knead them a little bit, shaping them into a 18-23cm round, about 2,5cm thick.
In this step, u dont have to knead the dough so much, actually this is just to get the round shape, that’s all. Dont over work the batter or u’re gonna ruin the scone into sth else.
– Cut the round-shaped dough into 6 triangular piece (or more if u like), brush the top with the left buttermilk and dust with a little extra flour –> this step will give the caked scones a nicely brown crust
– Bake for 20 mins til the scones are nicely browned, and if u still want to make sure if they’re “eatable” 😀 – check by inserting a toothpick into the center of a scone. If it comes out clean, yay u got it!
– Serve warm w jam or butter, or anything u like 😀
– Remember do NOT overwork the dough
– If u don’t have butter milk – which basically is sour milk and is a little bit thinker than normal milk, u can substitute by using almost 1 and a half cup of milk, adding 1 tbsp (15ml) of white vinegar or lemon juice.
– You can add in other ingredients to the dough (actually to the dry mixture) according to taste, such as raisins, fruits (dried or fresh), chocolate chips, nuts, etc… I’ve never seen any scone filled with sth savory but I’m gonna try (I think it should be okie as these scone are just like bread) and tell u guys how things turn out 😉
Oh wait! There are savory versions for scone 😀 (I just google it :D) Okie so u can also add cheese, ham, sausage… whatever comes to ur mind should work 😀 haha (Incase it doesn’t, just give the scones to someone else :”> 😀 :P)